This book employs a variety of economic and philosophical methodologies in order to discover the philosophical implications of creative destruction, competition regulation, and the role that businesses or market agents play. Instead of discussing these relations in a purely abstract manner, Schneider uses Uber to illuminate important matters in economic and philosophical thought.
Schneider tells the following story: While creative destruction and disruptive innovation change the entrepreneurial landscape, regulation--especially the regulation of sectorial markets and competition regulation- delay this change or even bring it to a halt. Uber, as an agent in the market, is not just an object moved by these two opposing forces. Rather, it plays an active role, first as an agent of creative destruction and then in championing regulations on its own terms.
Henrique Schneider teaches economics and philosophy at the University of Graz, Austria, and at the Swiss University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.
Chapter 1: Society and the Market-ProcessCommunity and Individuals: Cooperative PracticesCreative Destruction and Alertness: InnovationInnovation and Adaptation: Dynamics Chapter 2: The Market-Process and UberTransportation Company or Technology Platform: The nature of UberIncremental Alertness or Creative Destruction: Uber's innovationRegulation or Liberty: How authorities deal with Uber Chapter 3: Uber and SocietyFlaws in Perfect Competition: an unreal theoryCollusion in Regulation: a real problemLiberty in Cooperative Practices: facing reality Conclusion: Entrepreneurship